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National Black Arts Festival Gala

| October 9, 2018 | Parties

The National Black Arts Festival Gala celebrated 30 years of enriching the Atlanta community and beyond.

THE PARTY Gents donning white dinner jackets and ladies clad in gowns of gold, green and white gathered in Buckhead for NBAF’s annual affair, themed this year as the What Becomes a Legend! Gala. As always, the guest list read like a who’s who of Atlanta, with only the city’s elite in attendance to toast the Atlanta-based organization’s three decades of honoring African-American artists and their extraordinary work. THE GUESTS Billye Aaron, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Derek Bottoms, honorary chairs Rosalind and John Brewer, Jerome Grilhot, Stephanie Hughley, Jovita Moore, chairman Robb Pitts, co-chairs Frances Pitts and Helen Smith Price, Louise Sams THE HIGHLIGHTS The night’s drink menu featured specialty cocktails and Korbel Champagne, which guests grabbed before heading to the lush hedge wall for a photo op. During the awards ceremony, NBAF honored Ingrid Saunders Jones with the Living Legend Award for her outstanding work supporting the organization’s art and artists, and esteemed visual artist Radcliffe Bailey received the Luminary Award. Ending on a high note, the evening’s grand total hit over $550,000 thanks to Atlantans, all to benefit NBAF’s in-school arts and public programs. -Ali Reynolds

Photos by Kimberly Evans


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